Students Awarded $3 Million in Scholarships Designated to CPS Seniors

June 10, 2020

Thirty-nine high school seniors have been awarded over $3 million in college scholarships designated for graduates of Cincinnati Public Schools. 

"Cincinnati Public Schools is thrilled to continue to grow the volume of scholarship dollars dedicated to our graduates," said Kayla Ritter-Rickels, college manager. 

These seven universities awarded scholarships intended for 2020 CPS graduates:

  • Art Academy of Cincinnati
  • Eastern Kentucky University 
  • Miami University 
  • Northern Kentucky University 
  • Ohio State University     
  • University of Cincinnati     
  • University of Dayton

The annual scholarships range from $8,000–$44,800.

Northern Kentucky University is honored to be a partner with Cincinnati Public Schools and to present CPS graduates with the Educational Diversity Scholarship, said Kimberly Harris, assistant director of diversity and outreach at Northern Kentucky University. "Remember, there is nothing that you cannot achieve if you believe, stay resilient and do what it takes to make your dreams a reality. NKU has faith in you," she said. 

"It means a lot to me to be able to have this fund to help me through college," said Chiana Balcaitis, a graduate of Western Hills University High School who will be attending NKU and hopes to be a teacher someday.

For Ronald McKenzie who recently graduated from Aiken High School, his annual scholarship award of $28,600 from Miami University means peace of mind. "The ability to go to school without my parents worrying if we can afford it, gives me more of a reason to do well in school," he said. 

"It's a key that opened my door to a successful future, said Anjana Majhi, a recipient of a scholarship from the University of Cincinnati and a 2020 graduate of Withrow University High School.

Arianna Nooks, a graduate of Gamble Montessori High School, will be attending Miami University in the fall. "I worked really hard to get to where I am and getting the scholarship made me feel like it was all worth it."

While the 39 students were awarded $3 million in scholarships, the CPS class of 2020 secured a total of $68 million in scholarships. 

Congratulations to the following seniors who accepted a university scholarship designated for a CPS graduate.   
 

Student Name

High School College/University Annual Scholarship Award

Ryan Qiu

Gilbert A. Dater High School

University of Dayton

$44,800 per year

Krystian Clifford

Aiken High School

Miami University

$28,600 per year

Arianna Nooks

Gamble Montessori High School

Miami University

$28,600 per year

Maya Stonestreet

Gilbert A. Dater High School

Miami University

$28,600 per year

Ronald McKenzie

Aiken High School

Miami University

$28,600 per year

Ri’Ann Yates-Miller

Walnut Hills High School

Miami University

$28,600 per year

Kayla Webb

Aiken High School

Miami University

$28,600 per year

Anjali Duke de Lanerolle

Walnut Hills High School

Miami University

$28,600 per year

Niyosenga Filbert

Withrow University High School

Miami University

$28,600 per year

Fabian Roberson

Western Hills University High School

Miami University

$28,600 per year

Owen Moe

Shroder High School

University of Cincinnati

$8,500 first year, $4,000 in subsequent years

Cecelia Carter

Oyler School

University of Cincinnati

$8,500 first year, $4,000 in subsequent years

Brooklynn Rice

SCPA

University of Cincinnati

$8,500 first year, $4,000 in subsequent years

Mahayla Marshall

SCPA

University of Cincinnati

$8,500 first year, $4,000 in subsequent years

Tae’auna Felton

Walnut Hills High School

University of Cincinnati

$8,500 first year, $4,000 in subsequent years

Caitlyn Morrow

Clark Montessori High School

University of Cincinnati

$8,500 first year, $4,000 in subsequent  years

Kaleb Perry

Shroder High School

University of Cincinnati

$8,500 first year, $4,000 in subsequent years

Jae’auna Felton

Hughes STEM High School

University of Cincinnati

$8,500 first year, $4,000 in subsequent years

Gloria Stanford

Robert A. Taft IT High School

University of Cincinnati

$8,500 first year, $4,000 in subsequent years

Bibash Bharati

Aiken High School

University of Cincinnati

$8,500 first year, $4,000 in subsequent years

Grant Chapel

Hughes STEM High School

University of Cincinnati

$8,500 first year, $4,000 in subsequent years

Kayla Allen

Western Hills University High School

University of Cincinnati

$8,500 first year, $4,000 in subsequent years

Yabesira Tiruneh

Gilbert A. Dater High School

University of Cincinnati

$8,500 first year, $4,000 in subsequent years

Myranda Swift

Oyler School

University of Cincinnati

$8,500 first year, $4,000 in subsequent years

Aryian Brown

Woodward Career Technical High School

University of Cincinnati

$8,500 first year, $4,000 in subsequent years

Adonay Kebede

Withrow University High School

University of Cincinnati

$8,500 first year, $4,000 in subsequent years

Anjana Majhi

Withrow University High School

University of Cincinnati

$8,500 first year, $4,000 in subsequent years

Tristyn Chasteen

SCPA

University of Cincinnati

$8,500 first year, $4,000 in subsequent years

Chiana Balcaitis

Western Hills University High School

Northern Kentucky University

$30,392 per year

Jaelynn Gentry

Withrow University High School

Northern Kentucky University

$30,392 per year

Fatou Ndiaye

Aiken High School

Northern Kentucky University

$30,392 per year

Janiya Rowland

Shroder High School

Northern Kentucky University

$30,392 per year

Celiya Andrews

Clark Montessori High School

Northern Kentucky University

$20,000 per year

Braden White

SCPA

Northern Kentucky University

$20,000 per year

Kamryn Keehan

Walnut Hills High School

Northern Kentucky University

$20,000 per year

Mya Daniels

Gilbert A. Dater High School

Art Academy of Cincinnati

$33,435 per year

Angel Godfrey

Gamble Montessori High School

Ohio State University

$28,664 per year

Jalaysia Bell

SCPA

Ohio State University

$28,664 per year

Kenyona Hall

Western Hills University High School

Ohio State University

$28,664 per year

Ronald Tate

Robert A. Taft IT High School

Ohio State University

$28,664 per year

Takko Ndiaye

Gamble Montessori High School

Ohio State University

$28,664 per year

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